From Luke’s Wings and the families we serve, thank you for being a loyal donor! While our appreciation can never be fully expressed, we would like to share family reunions made possible by your generous donations.
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Chris S.
Sometimes your battle buddy is the only person who can understand what you’re going through during the recovery process. When USMC Staff Sergeant Chris S. asked us to bring his best friend to see him during his rehabilitation at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, we couldn’t say no! Chris wrote in his application, “Fernando is my best friend and just his presence lifts the mood of whoever he’s around. He’s optimistic, funny, and has had my back since day one. I feel like seeing him and spending some time with him will help aid my recovery and treatment because he will get me out and involved.” This is exactly what we here at Luke’s Wings strive to do – reunite our heroes with loved ones who will lift their spirits during an often emotional and challenging time in the warrior’s journey.
Total Value of Flight: $746
U.S. Army Sergeant Sean K. (Ret.)
Earlier this year, Sergeant Sean K. (Ret.) needed to have a new prosthetic leg customized for him at the military medical center where he initially underwent recovery. We were pleased to help and immediately responded, “Yes!” thanks to the support of donors like you! We understand that even though his initial treatment is over, the wounds of war remain. It has been our honor to expand our Wounded Warrior Transportation Assistance Program to include our discharged and medically retired wounded warriors who require ongoing care for their injuries. No longer does Sean experience pain with every step he takes in his old and bulky prosthetics. With the innovative technology that is now available, he was able to upgrade to a new leg with cutting-edge advancements that weren’t available when he was first wounded.
Total Value of Flight: $350
U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Ernest M.
When Staff Sergeant Ernest M. called us in late February, he was unsure if we would be able to help his family. With only a week’s notice, his sister received unexpected time off for spring break and couldn’t think of anywhere else she’d rather spend it than with her brother and hero, Ernest. Flying more than 3,000 miles cross-country, we were able to reunite this combat injured warrior with his sister, brother-in-law, and niece – all of whom he hadn’t spent one-on-one time with in over 4 years. This visit also gave him the opportunity to introduce his son to his family for the first time since being born. Since his injury, he has realized the importance of family in his recovery and has allowed Luke’s Wings to help him on two occasions. As you can see from the photo, having his closest family members come visit him lifted his spirits!
Total Value of Flights: $1,504
U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class Matthew P.
Luke’s Wings is proud to have helped reunite a combat wounded Navy Seal and his extended family to kick off the Summer! Recovering 3,000 miles away from loved ones can be incredibly taxing on a family unit, especially when the warrior family has small children. Extra support from friends and family who love and care for you is important and sometimes, you just need a few additional hands to help with the little ones! Thanks to our supporters, Luke’s Wings was able to provide very costly flights for the wounded warrior, his wife, and their two children to fly from Virginia Beach to Seattle, Washington. The respite from the
long days of doctor appointments, procedures, and therapies was well-deserved and well-received thanks to our generous supporters!
Total Value of Flights: $2,030
U.S. Army Sergeant First Class David M.
SFC David M. was injured in Iraq on October 1, 2017 when he stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device only 10 days into his 6th deployment. While he has only been in recovery for 8 months, he has learned to not only walk, but to run, golf, and fish – living life to the fullest with this wife and two children by his side. Luke’s Wings had the privilege of bringing his lovely niece, with whom he and his family are very close with, to his bedside at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center this summer! It will be our honor to help David, one of the most recent critically wounded combat injured service members, for as long as he needs our support.
Total Value of Flight: $385
U.S. Army Corporal Zachariah G. (Ret.)
A native of Lisbon, Connecticut, Zac was passionate about art, especially drawing and painting. In 2010, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in as an infantryman to provide for his family with hopes of pursuing a career in law enforcement after the military. In December of 2012, he deployed to Afghanistan and was severely injured after stepping on an Improvised Explosive Device on April 5, 2013. He suffered extensive damage to his right leg and lost his dominant (left) arm and left leg.
While Zac has come a long way on his road to recovery and is supported by a loving wife and 4 beautiful children, ages 7 and under, he will continue to seek care and surgical revisions to his scars and limbs for the rest of his journey. It was our pleasure to be able to provide a companion flight for his wife to be with him on a recent medical consultation for an upcoming surgery. It’s important that these warriors, who’ve given so much, know that they can rely on Luke’s Wings to help them for a lifetime!
Total Value of Flight: $300
U.S. Army Sergeant Franz W. (Ret.)
When U.S. Army Sergeant Franz W. (Ret.) returned to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to have his leg amputated after years of trying limb salvage, Luke’s Wings reassured him that we would be there for him and his family during his hospitalization and recovery. The wounds of war can last a lifetime and we want our wounded warriors who are returning to military medical centers for treatment to know they can rely on our support. Franz is on the road to recovery but still remains under physician’s care. Travel can be difficult when you’re still healing, so we provided airfare to his mother to visit him for his first steps with a prosthetic! Their smiling faces say it all – family is everything!
Total Value: $708.60
U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Benjamin H.
U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Benjamin H. was thrilled to hear he would be able to spend the holidays with his mother! This recovering wounded warrior told us, “I am extremely grateful to Luke’s Wings for giving me the opportunity to see my mother. Seeing my boys interact with their grandmother means more to me than anything else. As a kid growing up, having time with extended family was very important to me. Having that quality time for my children and their grandmother meant a lot to me, especially as she gets older and it gets harder for her to travel.” Thank you for making moments like this a reality!
Total Value: $565
U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Ricardo P.
Ricardo reached out to Luke’s Wings desperate for him, his wife, and their daughter to be with his ailing father in Colombia during Christmas, New Years and his 100th birthday. Luke’s Wings was honored to reunite this recovering wounded warrior with his extended family this holiday season. He writes, “I am very grateful to the Luke’s Wings team that made this year possible to visit my dad to spend the holidays, this year he turned 100 years old. I could not be blessed a better way by having the team allowing me the chance to travel to South America and visit my family.”
Total Value: $2,820
From our family, to your family, to their family, thank you.